In West Palm, ‘blocking the box’ will cost you $166

Police Chief Sarah Mooney

West Palm Beach, frustrated with traffic problems, is taking a quick first step to stop some of the logjam, without waiting for its months-long mobility study to arrive at big-picture solutions.

Signs are going up at downtown intersections warning motorists, “Don’t Block the Box.” The signs remind drivers that if they block intersections or crosswalks, they could get hit with $166 fines.

State law forbids drivers to enter an intersection if they can’t make it all the way across ¬†without blocking traffic.

“By launching this campaign, the City hopes to alleviate congestion, avoid ticketing motorists, and improve the experiences of motorists driving through our City each day,” Mayor Jeri Muoio and Police Chief Sarah Mooney said in a joint press release Monday.

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